Local News

  • Sand bags available to help local residents with flooding

    UPDATE 10:30 A.M. FRIDAY: Gadsden County has sandbags available to help local residents with flooding on their property. Bags can be picked up at the County Road and Bridge Department, the Gadsden Sheriff's Office garage and at Post Plant Road at Highway 12. Sand bags can be delivered to the elderly who are unable to pick them up. There is a 25-bag limit. For more information or for assistance, call the GCSO at 875-8825.

  • Phony payroll check leads to arrest

    Geneva Clines-Ruthedge of Cross City sits in the Gadsden County Jail after she attempted to cash a phony payroll check from the town of Havana. Clines-Rutledge, 24, who is wanted in Georgia and Florida on various check charges, didn't count on an off-duty Gadsden County Sheriff's deputy working at the local Piggly Wiggly when she went there Monday night.

  • Area road closings announced

    UPDATE 3:08 P.M. FRIDAY: Several area roads have been closed due to flooding. Fairbanks Ferry Road (CR 12); Sunny Hill Road, from Old Centerville Road to Thomasville Road (US 319); Crooked Road at State Route 20; and Beth Page Road, from CR 12 to the Georgia line.

    North Meridian Road (CR 155) at John Hancock Drive and Old St. Augustine Road, from Southwood Plantation Road to Williams Road, has been reopened.

  • Arrests made in Chattahoochee robbery

    Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three Liberty County people in connection with the robbery of the Jai-Alai Shell station at the Chattahoochee Interstate-10 exit last week.

    Two juveniles, Ricky Mitchell, 15, and Carlton Hall, 17, are under secured detention at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tallahassee on charges of felony armed robbery. A female accomplice, 18-year-old Hillary Harrigill, is out of jail after posting bond.

  • Area leaders work to obtain stimulus dollars

    Gadsden County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Doug Croley (Dist. 2) spoke to Havana Town Council members last week, requesting $2,500 to help hire an advocate to aid the county in obtaining federal stimulus dollars for the county.

  • Mother Nature unleashes: Residents, officials deal with flooding

    Gadsden County received an estimated 12.9 inches during the past few days, but there were no tornado touchdowns and only a few trees were uprooted, according to Maj. Shawn Wood of the Emergency Management Division of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

    "It was a good dry-run for us in preparation for hurricane season. Don't get me wrong, we had our share of problems from the storm but we were able to administratively handle things better," he said.

  • Resident complaints lead to drug arrests

    Complaints from citizens fed up with drug activity in their communities led to several arrests during the past two weeks, according to Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit.

    Warrants served on two trailers inside Varnadore's Trailer Park, west of Quincy, resulted in the arrest of three people. James Lovett, Yolanda NeSmith and Brittany Rentz were each arrested on charges of sale of crack cocaine. Corder said while Lovett and NeSmith lived in separate trailers, it was clear to authorities whether the two were working together.

  • Store clerk helps bust meth ‘shoppers’

    An alert V-Stop convenience store clerk in Douglas City notified authorities after two men, 42-year-old Robert Harrison and 39-year-old Jeffery Griffin, came to his store every month and bought all of the iodine. The liquid is one of the main components in making methamphetamine.

    "We're lucky because we don't have that (methamphetamine use) problem but they're coming here to buy supplies. They're buying pseudoephedrine tablets and anything that contains sinus and cold medicine," said Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit.

  • Parents group thanks supporters

    The Parents of Munroe wish to thank the many people it took to put on the annual Robert F. Munroe Day School fundraiser dinner and dance March 14. With over 160 people in attendance, this event was a wonderful success in raising money to support educational programs and activities at the school.

    It would not have been possible if it weren't for all the students, parents, faculty, staff and the many friends and supporters, who all committed their time and talents, and many of them attended the event and had fun.

  • Safe Surrender offers neutral environment for offenders

    On any given day there are between 8,000 and 9,000 warrants bearing the names of Gadsden County residents. Some of these offenders have multiple warrants, which adds to the numbers when warrants are tallied.

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young said he plans to piggyback on a program initiated by the United States Marshals Service, which will make it easy for people with warrants to surrender in a safe and neutral environment. In most cases, the individuals can clear their records in a matter of hours.